March 13, 1997
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  Harvard Graduate Schools Announce Tuition Rates

Tuition for Harvard's graduate and professional Schools will rise between 4.2 percent and 5.5 percent in 1997-98 to cover the cost of faculty salaries, financial aid, computers, and other essential items. Below is the tuition information provided by each School's administration. Charges for the Business School were not available.

Divinity School: Tuition for the master's programs will be $13,480, a 5 percent increase over last year. The doctoral (Th.D.) program tuition will be $20,600, a 4.5 percent increase. The Divinity School adopts the same rate as the GSAS, due to the close ties between the two Schools' doctoral programs in religion.

The primary factors affecting tuition rates are increasing costs of salaries, fringe benefits, information technology, and library materials.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS): The GSAS has a graduated tuition scale. Students typically pay full tuition for the first two years, reduced tuition for the subsequent two years, and a facilities fee for any years in residence thereafter. There is an active-file fee option for nonresident students only.

All resident students are required to pay a University Health Services student health fee for outpatient care. In addition, students must maintain individual medical insurance coverage, which the University offers through Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Full tuition for 1997-98 is $20,600, an increase of 4.2 percent over 1996-97's rate of $19,770. For next year, the reduced tuition is $5,382, the facilities fee is $1,364, and the active-file fee is $275. The University Health Services fee is $666, and the medical insurance coverage is $554.

Graduate School of Design: Tuition for all students will be $21,252 for 1997-98. This is a 5 percent increase over the current rate. In addition to keeping up with normal cost increases, the School expects to increase spending on financial aid grants by more than 10 percent.

Graduate School of Education: Tuition will rise by 5.5 percent -- to $19,476 -- next year. Tuition was $18,460 in 1996-97. In addition to inflationary cost increases, the School must support continued improvements in learning technologies, including renovating classrooms and providing desktop computers and Internet access to all faculty.

The School has tried to keep tuition increases as low as possible, while at the same time increasing the availability of financial aid. This year as in the past, the Education School will raise unrestricted financial aid for doctoral students to keep pace with the tuition increase. In addition, the School has secured several new grants that have greatly expanded its financial aid program. This year, 27 doctoral students are receiving money through the Spencer Foundation Research Training Grants, including 12 who are receiving full funding for tuition and fees and a $10,000 stipend. Next year, an additional six students will be eligible for the merit-based Spencer grants, which support each student for a total of three years. By raising money for these merit-based awards, the School has been able to expand its need-based program.

Kennedy School of Government: The Kennedy School's tuition rate for 1997-98 will be $20,720, a 4.8 percent increase over the 1996-97 rate of $19,770. That is the lowest percentage increase in 20 years; last year's increase was 6 percent. Financial aid spending has risen 11 percent for '97-98.

Law School: The Law School's tuition for 1997-98 will be $22,800, an increase of 5.1 percent from the current $21,700. This rate of increase is the lowest since 1973-74.

Medical and Dental Schools: Tuition for 1997-98 will be $25,250. The 4.5 percent increase will help cover an expanded ambulatory care curriculum and provide additional information technology support for students.

School of Public Health: Tuition in 1997-98 will be $20,890, an increase of 5.5 percent over last year. Tuition revenue helps support faculty salaries and instruction-related facility and computing costs, all of which are rising more rapidly than inflation. The School's scholarship support for tuition continues to increase proportionally with the increase in tuition.


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